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Sat Oct 2317:16Albert Pujols On The Bench For NLCS Game 6Albert Pujols1BAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Albert Pujols isn't in the lineup on Saturday for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. The veteran collected a pair of hits, two runs scored, and a walk in Los Angeles' Game 5 win. However, he'll head to the bench with right-handed starter Ian Anderson on the mound for the Atlanta Braves. Most of Pujols' plate appearances this postseason have come against left-handed pitching. It'll be Matt Beaty getting the start at first base and batting eighth against Anderson. Pujols is hitting .333 with a .375 on-base percentage in 16 plate appearances for the Dodgers in the playoffs this year.
Source: Los Angeles
Sat Oct 2313:22Walker Buehler, Not Max Scherzer, Starting Game 6 Of NLCSMax ScherzerSPTigersFree Agent
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The Los Angeles Dodgers will turn to starting pitcher Walker Buehler on short rest for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday, with starter Max Scherzer dealing with general arm fatigue. Buehler has made three starts this postseason and last pitched on Oct. 19. Scherzer admitted to having "dead arm" during his 79-pitch start in Game 2 against the Braves when he allowed two runs on four hits in 4 1/3 innings. It's unknown if Mad Max would be available to pitch in a potential Game 7 on Sunday, but the team is holding out hope that he'll feel better. Buehler made his first start on short rest in Game 4 of the Division Series against the San Francisco Giants and gave up just one run in 4 1/3 innings.
Source: - Juan
Fri Oct 2212:28Chris Sale Takes Game 5 LossChris SaleSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale started out sharp in Wednesday's ALCS Game 5 against the Houston Astros, but ultimately he took the loss after allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven batters. Sale has put up an 8.00 ERA with a 1.78 WHIP in his three starts and nine innings this postseason. For his career, he's an unimpressive 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA in 10 playoff appearances. Sale could still regain his form as a top starter next season, but there's plenty of reason for pause as he continues to make his way back to full strength after Tommy John surgery.
Thu Oct 2119:47Albert Pujols Starting At First Base For NLCS Game 5Albert Pujols1BAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Albert Pujols is in the starting lineup for Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Thursday. The veteran will bat sixth against Atlanta Braves left-handed starter Max Fried. Pujols also started the first game of the series when Fried was on the mound for Atlanta. In 11 plate appearances, this season the 41-year-old has collected three hits while striking out twice. He had a pinch-hit single in Los Angeles' Game 4 loss on Wednesday.
Source: Los Angeles
Wed Oct 2017:03Carlos Carrasco Undergoes Elbow SurgeryCarlos CarrascoPIndiansFree Agent
The New York Mets announced in a tweet on Wednesday that starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (elbow) "underwent successful surgery yesterday to remove a bone fragment from his right elbow." In the same tweet, the Mets wrote that Carrasco "will resume baseball activities later this winter." Acquired as part of the Francisco Lindor trade, the veteran pitched to a 6.04 ERA and a 5.22 FIP in 53.2 innings while striking out 50 batters and surrendering 18 walks in his first season in New York.
Source: New York
Wed Oct 2015:30Michael Brantley Hitting .219 Against Lefties This SeasonMichael BrantleyCFIndiansFree Agent
Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley will hit second in the team's crucial Game 5 matchup against the Red Sox in the ALCS. Brantley is 3-for-8 with three runs batted in since the series moved to Boston but will have a difficult matchup against left-handed starter Chris Sale. The veteran is hitting .306 during the postseason but is posting only a .219 mark against left-handed pitching during the regular season. Brantley is as professional a hitter as there is in the game but may not be the best DFS option for this Game 5 matchup.
Source: Houston
Sat Oct 1620:42Max Scherzer Will Start NLCS Game 2Max ScherzerSPTigersFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Max Scherzer is starting Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. The 37-year-old pitched to a 2.46 ERA and a 2.97 FIP during the regular season while striking out 236 batters and surrendering 36 walks. In 12.1 innings this postseason, the veteran has struck out 16 batters while surrendering six hits, four walks, two earned runs, and a home run. Sunday will mark the veteran's third start of the year against Atlanta. In 12 innings against the National League East club during the regular season, Scherzer struck out 18 batters while giving up eight hits, four earned runs, and four home runs.
Source: Los Angeles
Sat Oct 1619:52Albert Pujols Starting NLCS Game 1Albert Pujols1BAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Albert Pujols is in the line lineup for Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday night. The Dodgers will take on the Atlanta Braves and left-hander Max Fried with Pujols starting at first base and batting sixth. The veteran hit .294 with a .336 on-base percentage and 13 home runs in 146 plate appearances during the regular season against left-handed pitchers. He's collected two hits in four postseason plate appearances for the Dodgers this year.
Source: Los Angeles
Sat Oct 1617:19Chris Sale Gets Eight Outs In Game 1Chris SaleSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale made his second start of the postseason in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Houston Astros Friday, and once again he did not last long. Sale recorded just eight outs, allowing one run on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts. While he looked better than his one-inning appearance against the Tampa Bay Rays in the division series, he still threw predominantly fastballs and sliders, and remains a major question mark for Boston going forward. He stands to get another start in the series, unless manager Alex Cora decides to go another direction.
Sat Oct 1615:42David Price Missing From NLCS RosterDavid PriceSPRaysFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander David Price is not on the roster for the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves, according to the team. Price did make an appearance on the divisional series roster but couldn't get into a game. The veteran had an average season, posting a 4.03 ERA with just 58 strikeouts across 73.2 innings. He was in a relief role most of the season, making just 11 starts. He was a bit better as a starter, pitching to a 3.92 ERA across 41.1 innings. Right-hander Evan Phillips and lefty Justin Bruihl are new additions to the roster that will likely pitch out of the bullpen. Phillips produced a 3.38 ERA in eight appearances, and Bruihl had a 2.89 ERA in 21 games during the regular season.
Source: Los Angeles
Fri Oct 1520:32Jake Odorizzi Is On Houston's ALCS RosterJake OdorizziSPRoyalsFree Agent
Houston Astros starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi is on the team's roster for the American League Championship Series. The 31-year-old pitched to a 4.21 ERA and a 4.48 FIP in 104.2 innings during the regular season while also registering 91 strikeouts and 34 walks. The veteran wasn't on the team's roster for the Division Series, but he'll give the Astros another starting option against the Boston Red Sox alongside Luis Garcia, Framber Valdez, and Jose Urquidy. Odorizzi made two starts against Boston during the regular season, striking out a total of eight batters in a combined eight innings while surrendering seven hits, six earned runs, four walks, and two home runs.
Source: Houston
Thu Oct 1421:27Chris Sale Will Start ALCS Game 1Chris SaleSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale will start for the team in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on Friday. Sale pitched to a 3.16 ERA, a 3.69 FIP, 52 strikeouts and 12 walks in 42 2/3 innings during the regular season. The veteran allowed five earned runs, four hits, a home run and a walk while striking out two batters in an inning during his start in the second game of the Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. While he's yet to face the Astros this season, Sale has pitched to a 2.20 ERA in 65 1/3 career innings against the club while recording 86 strikeouts and surrendering 13 walks.
Source: Ian
Tue Oct 1221:25Michael Brantley Collects Three Hits In RoutMichael BrantleyCFIndiansFree Agent
Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley went 3-for-6 with two runs batted in as the Astros advanced to the ALCS thanks to their 10-1 victory over the White Sox. The veteran's power may be compromised a touch after dealing with a knee injury the past month but Brantley collected hits in each game of the ALDS. Brantley is as professional hitter as they come and slashed .368/.368/.421 in the series with four runs batted in. He should continue to post high batting average totals in DFS tournaments in the next round against the Red Sox.
Source: Houston
Tue Oct 1216:39Stephen Vogt Undergoes Sports Hernia SurgeryStephen VogtCRaysFree Agent
Atlanta Braves catcher Stephen Vogt (sports hernia) underwent surgery for a sports hernia, the team reports. The 36-year-old veteran had been sidelined since early September. He was originally placed on the injured list with a designation of hip inflammation. The Braves announced that they expect for him to be ready for Spring Training next year. He was acquired by the Braves in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks in July as the Braves were looking for help to fill in for an injured Travis d'Arnaud. Vogt went on to slash just .167/.241/.244 over 26 games with the team. He'll have a chance to compete for a backup catcher role in Atlanta next year.
Source: David O'
Tue Oct 1210:38Evan Longoria Hits Pivotal Homer MondayEvan Longoria3BRaysFree Agent
San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria could not have had a bigger first hit of the postseason in Monday's NLDS Game 3 1-0 win over the Dodgers, going 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a strikeout. Longo crushed a fifth-inning Max Scherzer fastball over the center field wall for what would be the winning run. The veteran is just 1-for-10 in the postseason to this point, but the Giants can forgive that as long as the hits he does collect have a big impact.
Mon Oct 1120:52Nelson Cruz Plans To Play Next SeasonNelson CruzRFRangersFree Agent
Tampa Bay Rays 41-year-old designated hitter Nelson Cruz told reporters last week that he plans to continue his career after this season. He is set be a free agent for the second straight offseason after the 2021 postseason concludes. Last offseason, he signed a one-year, $13 million deal with the Minnesota Twins, who traded him to the Rays in July. Cruz showed no signs of aging at the plate this year. Over 140 games, he slashed .265/.334/.497 with 32 home runs, 86 RBI and 79 runs. He ranked in the 94th percentile in hard-hit rate (52.5%) and in the 93rd percentile in average exit velocity (92.9 mph).
Mon Oct 1120:45Justin Verlander Could Receive Qualifying OfferJustin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (elbow) is set to be a free agent this offseason. However, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros are likely to extend a qualifying offer to the two-time Cy Young winner. Verlander is 38 years old. He only pitched one game in 2020, then underwent Tommy John surgery, which sidelined him for the entirety of the 2021 season. In his last full season in 2019, he went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP on the way to his second AL Cy Young award. If Verlander were to turn down a qualifying offer, the Astros would receive draft pick compensation.
Source: Chandler
Mon Oct 1118:07Albert Pujols Starting At First Base In Game 3Albert Pujols1BAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Albert Pujols will be making his first postseason start in seven years on Monday night. He's starting at first base and batting seventh in Game 3 of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants. Cody Bellinger is starting the game on the bench. The Giants have left-hander Alex Wood on the mound on Monday. The right-handed Pujols posted a .939 OPS against lefties this year while the left-handed Bellinger had an abyssal .383 OPS in same-handed matchups. Pujols has yet to step up to the plate in this series. We'll see if he's able to help the Dodgers take a 2-1 lead.
Sat Oct 921:07Matt Barnes Replaces Garrett Richards On Playoff RosterMatt BarnesFree Agent
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Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Matt Barnes replaced Garrett Richards (hamstring) on the playoff roster after Richards suffered a hamstring strain during his daily conditioning routine. Barnes threw an inning in Friday's Game 2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing a hit and two walks and striking out one batter. Manager Alex Cora bemoaned the heavy early season workload for Barnes, but Boston has little choice but to count on him for the rest of this series at least. Richards will not be eligible to return to the roster until the World Series, should Boston advance that far.
Source: Chris
Sat Oct 920:43Chris Sale Knocked Out After One Inning FridayChris SaleSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale continued his recent string of rough outings Friday, allowing five runs on four hits and a walk in just one inning of work against the Tampa Bay Rays. The big blow was a grand slam off the bat of part-time player Jordan Luplow. Sale struck out two batters. He will not be used as a traditional reliever going forward due to health concerns, but it would be hard to trust Sale as a DFS play in any situation.